Definition of forecast noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfɔːkɑːst//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrkæst//
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 a statement about what will happen in the future, based on information that is available now sales forecasts It is difficult to make long-term forecasts for a fast-growing industry. The forecast said there would be sunny intervals and showers. The shipping forecast gave warnings of gales. see also weather forecast See related entries: Running a businessExtra examples Forecasts about the economy are often misleading. Some forecasts suggest that the increase in heart disease will continue for some time. The government has issued a pessimistic economic forecast. The interest rate is in line with the forecast. This morning’s weather forecast called for snow. This week the company is expected to raise its revenue forecast. a long-range weather forecast a short-term forecast of the UK economy forecasts based on a complicated procedure forecasts for different sectors of the industry forecasts for earnings in 2015 forecasts for the year forecasts of population growth It is difficult to make forecasts for a fast-growing industry. It is too early to make firm forecasts about demand. The forecast said there would be sunny inervals and showers. The sales forecasts are encouraging. The weather forecast wasn’t too bad.
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